Whether the Italian NT had lifted the trophy or not, in the grand scheme of things it would have been a consolation victory for Italian fans only. The truth is that all the Euro's did was temporarily take attention away from a very serious problem and I'm not talking about the betting scandal (although that's part of it). More to the point I'm talking about a total economic collapse of Serie A football. It was reported earlier in the day that Verratti and his representatives have all but agreed to sign a permanent transfer to PSG. If this was any other halfway decent player we were talking about then I wouldn't give the story too much emphasis, but that is not the case. Marco, for all intensive prognostications, looks like a core piece for the future of Italian players. In other words, he is the type of quality player that you market the Serie A brand on. Evidently, Balotelli was just the beginning. We can all hope and pray that the Italians who go abroad eventually get home sick and demand to come home, but the truth is while Europe gets smaller and foreign clubs shell out more lucrative contracts, this will continue to happen. I think we all saw this coming and knew that one day that the owners over evaluation of their brand combined with poor economic planing for revenue growth would come back to haunt them. And before anyone says that Juventus is the only club getting it right, they still benefit from being Italy's most popular club and the exorbitant amounts of money they have spent would sink pretty much every other club in Serie A had they done the same.